This article describes the sequences and different step-types available in Manual Inspections.
Sequence and step types
The Main Sequence Step
All sequences have a main sequence step, which acts as a root node for the sequence. This step will have the same name as the sequence name defined in WATS, and cannot be renamed. By editing the setup for the main sequence step, you will be able to enter Misc. Info data that should be entered when starting the inspection. Specify the name of the entry, and a regular expression mask to validate the entered value.
The step type Sequence lets you organize your inspection sequence into subsequences. Once a sequence step is added, new steps can be added and grouped within the sub sequence.
Sequence Step Settings
By clicking the setup-icon of a sequence step, you can edit the step name, select documentation file or URL, and edit the description for the step. See How to configure Instruction PDFs in Manual inspection for help to upload and configure manual inspection documentation.
Global Sequence Steps
Adding a step of type Global Sequence will let you add a reference to a global sub sequence to your inspection. To use a global sequence within your test sequence, a global sequence must first be created, the option Global for the sequence must be set, and the sequence must be released. By editing the settings for the Global Subsequence, you can choose from a list of all available global sequences.
Generic Step Options
For any step you can add to your sequence, the settings will consist of a type-specific section first, followed by step settings generic to all step types.
Allow Pass All
By checking this option you will allow this step to be passed using the sequence' Pall All option.
This option allows the step to be skipped by the operator.
This setting lets you choose whether or not an image can be attached by the operator. The default setting is optional, but you can specify either required to enforce an attachment, or never when one is not relevant.
Here you can choose from uploaded PDFs from a dropdown or reference a online document. See How to configure Instruction PDFs in Manual inspection for details.
PDF Search string
By entering a search string, the sequence will search the chosen document and show the first page where the search string is found.
PDF Page Number
By setting a page number, the PDF displayed will automatically
You can give any step a description. Use the drop-down to access commonly used phrases, or edit your description directly in the text box.
The image below shows all the generic step settings.
The pass fail step is a true/false test giving the operator the options to pass or fail the step. There are no custom settings for this step apart from step name.
Numeric Limit Step
The numeric limit step lets you specify numeric limits, what unit the measurement is in, and choose a comparison operator. The limits available will depend on the operator. Please see the article Comparison Operators for details.
Available comparison operators:
String Value Step
The string value step has a field, limit, where you can specify the accepted result. Check the option Limit is Regular Expression to treat the limit as a RegEx.
The wait step type lets you specify a pause in the inspection, lasting for a specified number of hours, minutes and seconds and then move automatically to the next step.
In the Duration property you can set the waiting period. Specify a number of hours, minutes and second.
Set Unit Process Step
The step Set Unit Process is available only with the production module enabled. Select the process you want to invoke by selecting from the drop down.
Attach file Step
The attach file step lets you attach a file using a file-selector dialog. The grid File Type Filters lets you specify file filters.
Message Box Step
The message box lets you display a message asking the operator to respond by confirming by choosing from one or more accept-buttons. Use multiple lines in the Labels text-box to create multiple options.
Add Subunit Step
This step lets you add subunits to the unit being tested. In the settings dialog you can specify part number and revision for the sub unit. Type a part number and revision if you want to restrict subunit to a specific part. If you leave part number or revision empty, these fields will be editable in the operator interface.